Archive for September, 2005

and the race continues

… but not around the world this time, apparently.

What. A. Drag.

Okay, so I went a-hopping and a-gliding just to catch the primetime premiere of the 8th installment of The Amazing Race at a local cable channel (Thank God for AXN!).

Only to have my skyrocketing excitement and long-held anticipation go pffffffft like a burst bubble when the 10 competing families did not fly out of America! And it looks like they would be stuck in the land of Uncle Sam for the rest of the race.

Not that I have something against America.

I feel it would get a tad boring not seeing exotic landscapes and the most exciting playgrounds of the world. It is like rolling The Apprentice and the Simple Life in one time-bound relay, since the destination options in America are either the big city or the quaint countryside. Or the neverending fields where cottons are high. Or yada yada yada. Okay, I have never been to America but I just feel that this would be just it. Well, I hope otherwise.

I love The Amazing Race and this is the TV show to beat! Things did get a little interesting with the Family Edition and it is really such a riot. Family life, that is. Haha!

This early, I have listed down hates and loves.

Hate 1: The whatever-their-family-name-is sisters. Yeah, those girls with the cliche all-pink outfits. They are so damn noisy! They are like these little rodents gnawing their way into your ears or a million nails being hammered into your brain.

Hate 2: The Pablo boys. Oh. my. god. I cannot even call my dad retarded, yet one of them just did. On the first ep! Gasp! I think they would grow up to be wife-beaters or serial killers. They have so much angst inside them. Well maybe they just need some lovin, you know. Wink.

Hate 3: The Linz family. They have got the best brawns yet they suck! I thought they would be the team to beat. Well, it is indeed too early to tell, but I do hope they do not clock second to the last (or the last) again next time. You gotta love those boys. Haha!

Now the loves…

Love 1: The Weaver boy. He is keeping it together for his mom and sisters. And did I mention I love his platinum locks? Hmmm. Now I really should get one. Evil grin.

Love 2: The Gaghan kids. The girl loves nailing down tents. And she sure could carry stuff around. At least she is not some useless drama queen. And the boy! I thought he would be the most quiet one in the competition, but look at him singing in the buggy ride. He sure knows how to rub in that YOU ARE LOSING TO KIDS!!! Does he look like Arnold of Hey, Arnold? Or is it just me?

Love 3: The Pablo mom. God bless her for tolerating her kids. And God shower her the heaven when she finally unleashes her fury to her pesky pesky boys!

Well, the others seemed like fleeting images for now. I am looking forward to seeing the best and definitely the WORST in these families.

The Amazing Race airs primetime every Wednesday at 8 pm, Manila (+8 GMT) time at AXN.


sssh… i have something to tell you

Confessions on a dance floor: an update from Madonna

I want people to jump out of their seats. Never one to understate, those were the exact words Madonna used to describe the songs on her upcoming album, – Confessions On a Dance Floor. The 12 delicious tunes of pure ‘unapologetic dance music’ including the single Hung Up (out Oct. 17th) is scheduled to be released on November 15th on Warner Bros. Records. This time out, the original Queen of Dance Music returns to where she began and kicks it up a few extra notches.

It’s in her blood says Madonna’s co-producer/partner in crime, DJ and Madonna musical director, Stuart Price. ‘She has a dance halo over her head. We made this record without any preconceived notions. It was straight from the gut – unencumbered -not over edited – very spontaneous,’ concluded Price.

If ‘Confessions’ were equated to a new dance step, it would a stunning blend of musical styles with one foot in the roots of early disco (a la Girogio Moroder/Abba on ecstacy) and the other foot gloriously ensconced in the future of music – a dance step that could only be accomplished by one artist.

Confessions on a Dance Floor is all about having a good time straight through and non stop says America’s ultimate Dancing Queen.


l’auberge espagnole

L Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment) is a Cesar-nominated and awarded film about a French guy who went on a sojourn to Spain to join the Erasmus program and learn Catalan as a pre-requisite to a job he is applying for in France. After several hits and misses, he found himself sharing an apartment with seven other people of his age who hail from all corners of Europe: Denmark, Germany, Britain, Italy, etc.

Thus, L Auberge Espagnole, which also means a mixture of culture in Euro slang or as Xavier puts it, Euro Pudding.

It is a film about taking risks, jumping on that train or plane for a bout with the beyond, adapting to cultures, eliminating racial stereotypes, and more importantly, living and loving to your heart’s content.

Go see the movies and have a taste of Europe!

Cine Europa is ongoing at the Shangri-La Plaza Mall.

crazy, crazy people

Who says team building seminars are mundane group activities with cliche physical and mind games, square feasibility studies, and graded labored efforts?

Not me and my wacky colleagues from Rustans, of course! We all trooped to beautiful Sta. Elena last weekend for two days of bonding, recharging, and luxurious rekindling of working relationships, found friendships, and every crazy thing in between.

From Cranium-inspired charades (and stripteases, Arabic phrases, and lesbian kisses)

to that pool drinking challenge (how dare you challenge me, the Amoebiasis Boy!)
to karaoke (Bed of Roses, beat that!) and renditions of mushy ASAP (the Sunday variety show, yes) birthday segments

to Absolut and Bordeaux

and highly-inspired, art-directed pictorials

Looking forward to Punta Fuego, compadres!

fortune rising

So it all came down to this.

After a summer of epic performances, of haunting vocals, and of a riveting birth and rebirth of human talent and genius, JD Fortune becomes the new front man of INXS.

I must admit that during the pre-finals episode, I was still clinging to the hopes that Mig, a Filipino-born rockstar, would become the lead singer and join his mates from Down Under, despite his rather unwise (but respected, still) move of performing another Queen classic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Come JD’s lingering vocals to Rolling Stones’ “You can’t always get what you want” in the closing credits of the pre-finals ep, to his intense crowd-rousing performance of the Rolling Stones’ hit, I knew he’d be the one.

He has proven his trademark arranging prowess and songwriting genius in the last 12 weeks. He has the warmest interaction with the audience and emanates charisma that befalls ladies on their knees. He always, always goes out of the box, takes risk, and enjoys the ride no matter where it takes him.

Imagine, from bottom three in the very first episode to being the last man standing. Now that makes him really something.

I must admit, I haven’t heard of INXS before this show came on air, ringing religiously rock history week after week after week. And even to this very second, I feel that JD’s newest mates are a tad old to be still performing. But with Fortune’s rising, I am taking a close interest in rock music and looking forward to see and hear more from this hot* god.

*I’m just BEING HUMAN you know.

Hey MiG, you fought a good fight and you made us proud! Well done, kababayan.

go see the world

While we’re on the subject of travel, let me list down the things I want to do in the countries/places I want to visit in the next 7 years. Most of these was taken from my Friendster profile, “30 things to do before I reach 30”.

– Traipse across Europe, beginning in Scandinavia
– Ski down Holmenkollen
– Gaze at the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx
– Go on a cruise (down the French Riviera, freeze in the Arctic or dock at the Caribbean coasts)
– Embrace the sun in Gran Canaria
– Visit the staple Asian playgrounds of Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand. Again and again and again
– Ride a gondola and play Merchant of Venice
– Spot the Big Five in Africa
– Take my cutest nieces Bea and Bianca to Disneyland so they could see Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Ariel in the flesh!
– Walk the Great Wall of China and get cosmopolitan in Shanghai with best friend Ish
– Get rowdy in Rio de Janeiro
Japan in cherry blossoms season
– Teen-gazing in Japan’s Harajuku
– Live the high life in London
– Marvel at the Parthenon and escape to Mykonos
– Be blessed by Pope Benedict XVI in Vatican
– Shop in Morocco “Special price for you, my friend…”
– Fall in love again atop the Eiffel Tower
– Own a Mediterranean-inspired villa facing the sea or build a holiday house in Southern Spain
– Frisky frolic in Amsterdam’s Red District
– Breeze past the definitive rush-hour power-walking of New York

… and there’s more. Lots more! Will post some other time.

Now, where do you want to go?

best place to live in… the 2005 survey

The results are out, and after ranking countries with an index combining wealth, education and life expectancy, NORWAY emerges as the best country in which to live, for the fifth year in a row.

Now, let’s all go there, shall we? Tour Norway.

Oh, Norway! You are a dream away!

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